Calanthe musa-amanii J.J.Wood 2011 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Styloglossum Photo by Tom Ballinger and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part shade Cool Winter

Common Name Musa Aman's Calanthe [Malaysian Chief Minister of Sabah current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations of 1400 to 1700 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial or occasional epiphyte with a narrow creeping rhizome with 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] between each narrowly cylindrical pseudobulb enveloped by persistent leaf sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, undulate margins, plicate, 3 to 5 main nerves, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a lateral, erect, lax, 5.6" to 12" [14 to 30 cm] long, oblong to ovate, racemose, to 10 flowered inflorescence arising at the base of the pseudobulb with ovate-elliptic, acuminate, deciduous floral bracts

Similar to C trunicola from Sumatra but differs in the fewer flowered inflorescence, rounded side lobes of the lip and an apiculate apex of the midlobe of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Checklist of Orchids of Borneo wood & Cribb 1994 as C truncicola; Orchids of Borneo Chan etal 1994 as C truncicola drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mt Kinabalu Vol 1 J.J.Wood, Chan etal 2011 photos fide; *The Orchids of Mt Kinabalu Vol 2 J.J.Wood, Chan etal 2011 Drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 7 2011 photo/drawing fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide